Ray's Grill

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If you need a restaurant to up the ante on a date or give your visitors once last chance to absorb Abu Dhabi at its best then impress them at one of the city’s top steakhouses: Ray’s Grill.

It’s a tall order making steak standout – just cook it well, season it perfectly, let it rest and you’re halfway to a slap up meal. But towering over your average restaurant, way up on the 63rd floor of the five-star Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, you will find food elevated to a high standard. Mostly.

We arrive on a Thursday evening to a fully-booked restaurant (so book in advance, people), however a half-hour wait in neighbouring Ray’s Bar is no bad thing. Back in the restaurant, tables are dotted around the dark, elegant restaurant’s windows with good reason – the views up here are spectacular, taking the wow factor up a notch.

We start with the pit-smoked brisket with sweet potato. Juicy, slow-cooked and tender, it’s a big hit. But the spicy baby octopus and tomato stew underwhelms in comparison. Served in a skillet, we presume it’s supposed to encapsulate the flavours of the Mediterranean with beef chorizo, red peppers and tomato alongside the baby octopi. However it’s swimming in a pool of melted halloumi, which doesn’t work for us.

Mains, though, are just fantastic. Wagyu lovers, don’t be afraid to try the 300g rump as a cheaper option to the fillet or rib-eye. It’s big, bold, beautifully cooked and costs significantly less than the other cuts. We order buttery sweet potato mash and extra-garlicky mushrooms on the side and it’s the dish of the night. Canadian lobster is also bursting with flavour.

We leave Ray’s Grill on a high. And not just because we’re 63 floors up.

The bill (for two)

1x baby octopus Dhs80
1x beef brisket Dhs70
1x wagyu rump 300g Dhs160
1x Canadian lobster Dhs285
1x garlic mushrooms Dhs35
1x sweet potato mash Dhs35
1x polenta chips Dhs35
1x still water 750ml Dhs40
Total (inluding taxes) Dhs740

The bottom line

Top steaks, you won’t leave feeling bleu.

Time Out Abu Dhabi,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.


  • Location: Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 811 5666
  • Travel: Corniche Road
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  • Cuisine: Bar & Pub food
  • Times: Open daily noon-3.30pm, 7pm-11pm
  • Credit Cards Accepted: Yes

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